I am an advanced doctoral candidate at UCLA currently living in Italy while I finish my dissertation on Italian cinema. I split my time between Rome and Tuscany and have lived in Italy, on and off, for ten years. I love Italian culture, language, cinema, cuisine, art, everything, and I'd love to share my passion for this vibrant country with you during your time here. I've taught Italian language, cinema, and culture for over 5 years, 2 years at UCLA, and have Bachelors and Masters degrees in art history and Italian. I'm energetic, dynamic, and enjoy running, yoga, art, traveling, wine, and the fine cuisine this region has to offer. I am currently engaged to a restaurant manager, Carmelo, a Sicilian who lives and works in Rome. We believe in the ideal of Mediterranean hospitality and will do our best to help you enjoy your time in Tuscany.